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The North Face Men's Leonidas Jacket earns its spot in the Summit Series with its waterproof protection, stretchy fabric, and lightweight fabrication for mountaineering and alpine climbing. A fully taped HyVent 2.5L shell gives the Leonidas serious waterproofing that remains highly breathable for intense climbing, and the nylon fabric has four-way stretch for unimpeded mobility on the wall or the trail. Polyurethane-coated zippers prevent water from seeping through the underarm vents.

The Leonidas also features a helmet-compatible hood with hidden cord locks that cinch hings down with a single pull, and the laminated visor stays out of sight during belays. A hidden cinch-cord at the hem and nonabrasive cuff tabs keep breezes at bay, and the handwarmer pockets are always accessible even with a pack or harness on.

  • HyVent 2.5-layer fabric
  • Fully taped seams
  • Regular fit
  • PU underarm vent zips
  • Adjustable helmet-compatible hood
  • Elastic-bound hem cinch cord
  • Harness and pack-friendly pockets

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Unanswered Question

Can you fit a mid-layer under this jacket without sizing up? I'm 6-0, 173 lbs and was going to put this over a thermoball. Would that work with a large?


A jacket worthy of the title

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

The King of Sparta would have been proud to have his name on this jacket. I took this jacket on a recent backpacking trip and it lived up to all my expectations. It is very light, the waterproofing performed well, and all the other features and styling were great. We were rained on for most of the first day of our trip and this jacket kept me dry. In a light drizzle it was a bit warm when going uphill and exerting yourself, but when the rain was really coming down and it was a bit colder this jacket performed extremely well. I will say that the breathability isn't unearthly. By that I mean it is still a waterproof jacket, and I haven't ever had a waterproof jacket that breathes really well. It was definitely better than any other waterproof jacket I've had, but it still gets a little clammy inside when you are exerting yourself and it isn't really cold out. When the rain is coming down the water beads up on this thing and the fabric is still really soft. It doesn't feel like other rain jacket fabric. When i first got it out of the package, I thought that it wouldn't be waterproof, but I was wrong. It did start to wet out in some spots on the sleeves that were rubbing against each other after a while, but it kept me dry inside. The only complaint I have is with the hood drawstring. it doesn't have a string lock and there isn't really an easy way to loosen the string after you have tightened it. I think this is a chink in the armor that needs to be addressed, but other than that this jacket really performs well, especially for the price if you get it on a good sale. I do have one other small complaint. It isn't made to pack into its own pocket and the hood has a visor that is made of a flexible/semi-stiff material to maintain its shape. The visor makes it hard to roll up and pack small, but it is manageable and I still think it deserves 5 stars even with these minor flaws. I got a large and I'm a skinny pole type of guy and I would say it fits pretty true to size.


Seems good for price

  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Only tried on. Have not used in the elements yet. Stretch material thought for summit series it would not feel fragile like it would tear from tree/ shrub abrasion. Will have to see 1st time out to test

With the large do you think you could fit a layer of insulation underneath?

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Is the acrylic orange a super bright shade of orange or is it more red?